What is Physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy is a treatment method that focuses on the science of movement and helps people to restore, maintain and maximize their physical strength, function, motion and overall well-being by addressing the underlying physical issues.
Physiotherapists understand how and why movement and function take place. They are highly skilled and autonomous regulated health professionals who provide safe, quality client-centered physiotherapy through a commitment to service availability, accessibility and excellence.
Musculoskeletal: Preventing and treating clients with musculoskeletal conditions such as neck and back pain
Neurological: Promoting movement and quality of life in patients who have had severe brain or spinal cord damage from trauma, or who suffer from neurological diseases such as stroke, Parkinson’s disease and Multiple Sclerosis
Orthopedic: Helping patients prevent or manage acute or chronic orthopedic conditions such as arthritis and amputations
Pain: Managing or preventing pain and its impact on function in patients
Physiotherapists are experts at providing physiotherapy treatment for:
- Preventing injury and disability
- Managing acute and chronic conditions
- Improving and maintaining optimal physical performance
- Rehabilitating injury and the effects of disease or disability
- Educating patients to prevent re-occurrence of an injury
What Techniques do Physiotherapists Use?
- Manual manipulation: Moving joints and soft tissue helps to improve circulation, drain fluid from the body and relax overly tight or muscles with spasms
- Electrical nerve stimulation: Small electrical currents delivered to affected areas helps to suppress and block pain signals to the brain
- Acupuncture: Needles stimulate the nervous system and work to dull pain, release muscles, boost the immune system and regulate various body functions
- Demonstration: Teaching proper movement patterns allows patients to help heal themselves
- Functional testing: Testing a patient to assess his/her physical abilities
- Device provision: Prescription, fabrication and application of assistive, adaptive, supportive and protective devices and equipment
What to expect from a visit
Each session with a physiotherapist is unique because it depends on the client’s health issues and needs. However, a visit to a physiotherapist generally includes:
- Learning about the patient’s medical history
- Assessing and diagnosing the patient’s condition and needs
- Helping the patient set and reach physical goals
- Creating a treatment plan that accounts for patient’s health, lifestyle and activities
- Prescribing a course of exercises and necessary devices
If you are experiencing issues with movement or function or are seeking to optimize your health, contact us to book an appointment.